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Coaches - High Performance Award: Kristina Kiss

Kristina was six years old when she started playing soccer with Kanata SC (now West Ottawa SC).  Her storied career with the Canadian Women’s National Team began when she was 19, earning her first cap with the Senior team on March 12, 2000 at the Algarve Cup. Kristina’s time with the Women’s National team featured 75 appearances, 8 goals and 13 assists. Kristina played her professional career with IF Floya in Norway between 2002 and 2006. In 2010 Kristina had the role of guest coach with the Canadian Women’s National Team with Carolina Morace.

On the technical side of the game, Kristina was with the West Ottawa Soccer Club (WOSC) for 11 years, initially as Club Head Coach and then for the last 7 years as the Technical Director.  Over her years with WOSC she has strengthened the Club’s technical staff and has instilled in all WOSC coaches a player-first approach to coaching.  Her own soccer experience with the Canadian National team and the Norway professional team, IF Floya, has been an invaluable tool in helping to shape WOSC’s pathway for player development.

Over her time with WOSC, Kristina coached the League 1 Ontario Women for 2 years. She coached the Elite Women (University Players) at WOSC that were competing in Women’s Competitive 1 and Women’s Premiere in Ottawa. She also coached in the Ontario Youth Soccer League for 4 years and has overseen the Ontario Player Development League program at West Ottawa Soccer since its inception.

Kristina has recently been hired as the Manager of Development-Programming for Canada Soccer. "Kristina Kiss brings a wealth of experience to Canada Soccer as a former women's national team player, technical leader, coach, player development specialist, and coach development specialist," Jason deVos, Canada Soccer's Director of Development, said in a statement. "Kristina will play a key role in aligning stakeholders to ensure that all who wish to participate in the game have an equitable opportunity to develop in a safe and welcoming environment." Kiss will work as part of the development department "with a focus on promoting and supporting program development and operation with a specific focus on representation of women, marginalized, and under-represented groups across Canada."

Kristina also has many certifications and awards for her work as a coach and player. Notably, she has her National A License, National Children’s License, and her National Youth License is in progress. In 2014, Kristina was recognized by the City of Ottawa with a park in her name.  The Kristina Kiss Park is at 100 Akerson Road and includes a soccer pitch and playground area. In 2015, Kristina was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.

Kristina Kiss was nominated by the Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association.